This is the best fast food place in the area. The other day, there were so many cars in line, that they sent someone from inside, to take orders. All the burgers are cooked as you order, and are "built" to order, and are reasonable. The fries are not greasy or over-salted.
A small shop with 4-5 operators, serving women of all ages, men, and some children. It's like a big family, with the operators visiting with their clients, and the other stylists, and clients visiting with each other. I've noticed a lot of seniors there, and all seem happy with their "dos".
When I was in need of an emergency dental appointment, my regular dentist could not fit me in. I called the dentist of a family member, and he found time to see me and take care of the problem. The office feels like family, and he and the hygienist he had were both very gentle. Needless to say, I've changed dentists!
Though I'm sure I have spent enough to put wings on the center, I'm sure glad they're around. I have very good vets, but of course, my dogs' emergencies always seem to happen after regular hours. The vets and techs are very good, and have enormous hearts. One receptionist, a number of years ago, kept a watch over one of my dogs who had had surgery, with her bed in the office. Now, that's special!
I've been a Kaiser member for many years, and have heard how impersonal it is, though I've found the opposite. I just finished chemo treatments for cancer, and am so impressed with the oncology department and the chemo staff. I had treatments every 21 days, and felt such care and warmth from the staff, from the aides who brought is juice, cups of ice water, magazines and warm blankets, to the nurses who did everything they could, to make us comfortable. The chemo suites were improved by adding a third room, and individual TVs for each patient. The staff laughed with us when we were happy, and held our hands when we were afraid, or didn't feel so good. It was anything but impersonal.
This is a house on a side street in Lafayette, open from breakfast till 2 PM, where you sit at big tables with other patrons, and eat delicious and filling meals, and visit. It's been a hangout for the locals for years.
Drs. Gerry and Lori (first names are used, because Gerry is Croatian, and no one can say his name) are extraordinary vets, covering the most common annual shots, to complicated skin problems. They both have heart, and knowledge , and my dogs can't wait to go in the door. It's a very personal and friendly office, and both animals and their owners are comfortable. The charges are a bit steep, but the service is well worth it.
Alamo Cafe was there before people thought Alamo was anything special.They have a cook and waitress, and there is a counter, and chairs and tables along the wall. It's where the local cop drops in for lunch, and where women come after playing tennis. It's a bare-bones breakfast and lunch place, reasonable and good.
Whatever fabric or notion you need, they have it there, especially when there's a good sale on. There are only 2 small problems: there is often quite a wait to have fabrics cut, and bolts are often put back in the wrong place, like Anti-Pill fleece put back where the Blizzard is, and the prices are different. Be sure to check yourself, if you're buying sale fabrics, that they're in the right place. I buy mainly fleece prints and plain colors, and they have frequent and good sales, better than any of the other stores that sell it.
The bakery, Patisserie Lafayette, has come together in the same building, and has joined the Maison de Te. The bakery has been a favorite in Contra Costa County, has moved to this cottage building, where the upstairs has become a tea room, serving many kinds of teas, and sandwiches, salads and soups, in a delightful setting.